Wildlife

Study Shows Wyoming Gas Projects Harming Mule Deer
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

A new study suggests natural gas development in western Wyoming is forcing mule deer into less suitable winter range and affecting the animals' movements in an area known as the Pinedale Anticline.

Australia Rejects Crocodile Safari Hunt Plan
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australia has rejected a plan to allow crocodile safari hunting in the country's north where the reptiles killed two men in separate attacks last week. Crocodiles were declared a protected species in 1971 when their numbers fell to about 5,000, but since then their population in the Northern Territory has exploded to around 70,000 in the wild with another 18,000 in six crocodiles farms.

Shark Nicole Clocks More Than 12,000 Miles Crisscrossing Indian Ocean
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A great white shark named Nicole logged more than 12,000 miles swimming from Africa to Australia and back, the first proof of a link between the two continents' shark populations, researchers say.

Vets Operate on Giraffe for Skin Cancer
October 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Jacob Adelman, Associated Press

National Zoo veterinarians treated a giraffe Wednesday morning for a tumor on its head that is the first case of skin cancer reported among the tall spotted creatures.

Feds Propose Allowing Threatened Sea Otters Back into Southern California Waters
October 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed allowing sea otters back into Southern California waters, saying that scrapping the current "no-otter zone" would boost recovery efforts for the threatened species.

Global Warming To Hit Migratory and Static Species
October 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

The Golden Toad has already paid the ultimate price of extinction and other species are expected to follow suit as the world warms, according to a report published on Thursday.

Arizona Officials To Track Mountain Lions
October 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Officials will fit as many as 20 mountain lions with tracking collars near Tucson and Payson in a study that aims to better understand how the animals and people can coexist.

Experts Say Spanish Fishing Devastates Sharks
October 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press

Spanish fishermen are devastating stocks of deep-water sharks in the northeast Atlantic, using wasteful and unregulated methods that leave more than half of their catch to rot, according to an investigation by Irish, Norwegian and British marine experts.

Great Lakes States Battle Southern Fish Farms on Asian Carp
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press

A North-South fish fight is erupting in Congress over legislation to ban imports of Asian carp, a critter that southern fish farmers depend on to control parasites, but which officials of Great Lakes states fear will wreak havoc on the lakes' ecosystems.

Louisiana Ecological Harm Called Unprecedented
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, Boston Globe

The environmental damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita is unparalleled in its scope and variety, scientists say, with massive oil spills blanketing marshes, sediment smothering vast fishing grounds, and millions of gallons of raw sewage scattered in New Orleans and along the 400-mile Louisiana coast.

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